Wednesday, Oct 27

2013 will be the first true battle for Rookie of the Year in a long time. With two high profile drivers moving from the Nationwide Series to the Sprint Cup Series full time, the battle for Rookie of the Year status might be just as exciting as the battle for the Championship trophy.

Two-time Nationwide Series Champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr is one of the two drivers battling it out for the coveted Rookie of the Year honor. Stenhouse, driving for Roush Fenway Racing, will be in the number 17 Ford, taking over the ride from Matt Kenseth. Stenhouse only ran six Sprint Cup events in 2012 with his best finish being 12th at Dover International Speedway.

The 25 year old from Olive Branch, MS spent the last 13 weeks on the top of the Nationwide Series leaderboard in 2012 accumulating 6 wins, 19 top-five and 25 top-ten finishes. Stenhouse is definitely not afraid to get in there and race with the big boys. Look for him to be a contender at many of the tracks on the schedule. Stenhouse is a talented driver and it wouldn’t surprise me one bit to see him win in his rookie season.

The other rookie this year is none other than Danica Patrick. After seven full seasons in the IndyCar Series and two partial schedules in NASCAR, Patrick decided to switch to a full NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule in 2012. With a best finish of 8th last season, her results were less than expected. Granted, in the opening race, where she sat on pole, her teammate wrecked her. Also, in Montreal, after leading 20 laps, she hit a shoe that had been thrown onto the track.

30 year old Patrick may be one of the most famous faces in racing, but she definitely has talent. Driving the number 10 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing this season, Patrick ran 10 Sprint Cup races in 2012 with her best finish being 17th in Phoenix. With Tony Gibson and his crew by her side as they enter 2013, look for Patrick to come out of the gate strong, especially on fast tracks and road courses. I don’t see her winning races this season, but I do see her consistently finishing in the Top-20 and maybe even a Top-10 or two. Patrick may be the lone female on the track, but she races like one of the boys.

Between Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Danica Patrick, this Rookie of the Year battle is going to be fun to watch. Stenhouse and Patrick are good friends away from the track which makes this battle just a little more interesting. So will the two-time Nationwide Series Champion come out on top once again or will the GoDaddy Girl come in and take the win? We will just have to wait and see. 

Number Driver Primary Secondary    
00 Quinn Houff 456.2625 462.8125    
1 Ku. Busch 460.4250 457.6000    
2 Brad Keselowski 466.2125 452.6750    
3 A. Dillon 469.0125 462.0250    
4 Kevin Harvick 469.5750 452.0125    
5 Ky. Larson 465.8625 451.9875    
6 Ryan Newman  466.2750 461.3500    
7 Corey Lajoie 469.5875 468.6875    
8 Tyler Reddick 457.6750 468.6000    
9 Chase Elliott 468.2125 467.0375    
10 Aric Almirola 466.9625 468.9375    
11 Denny Hamlin 467.4750 462.4250    
12 Ryan Blaney 464.7000 464.9250    
13 Garrett Smithley 468.6375 469.2625    
14 Chase Briscoe 468.0875 469.7375    
15 Derrike Cope 461.2500 466.4000    
16 Kaz Grala 467.9875 462.7500    
17 Chris Buescher 460.9500 462.2000    
18 Ky. Busch 467.4500 462.5000    
19 Martin Truex Jr.  469.5375 462.2750    
20 Christopher Bell 462.5250 462.4750    
21 Matt DiBenedetto 465.8875 463.0375    
22 Joey Logano 464.8250 451.8250    
23 Bubba Wallace 460.3125 463.0875    
24 William Byron 467.0625 452.2375    
33 Austin Cindric 464.5750 451.7500    
34 Michael McDowell 467.1125 463.3000    
36 David Ragan 467.8500 469.1000    
37 Ryan Preece 453.8625 457.5375    
38 Anthony Alfredo 463.3125 461.8375    
41 Cole Custer 469.1375 466.5000    
42 Ross Chastain 452.4750 457.2350    
43 Erik Jones 463.3375 464.3125    
44 TBA        
47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  463.6875 457.6500    
48 Alex Bowman 466.7875 465.2875    
49 Chad Finchum 468.6375 469.2625    
50 TBA        
51 Cody Ware 451.7125 456.8125    
52 Josh Bilicki 464.3500 461.3375    
53 Joey Gase 451.5625 451.5125    
62 Noah Gragson 451.3250 467.8875    
66 Timmy Hill 458.5375 467.6875    
77 Jamie McMurray 458.2125 465.1625    
78 BJ McLeod 467.7500 468.9625    
96 T. Dillon 453.9250 468.1375    
99 Daniel Suarez 469.3750 464.3750    
* NASCAR 1 & 11 461.2000 * * *
* NASCAR 2 & 12 464.6000 * * *
* NASCAR 5 & 15 451.2250 * * *
* NASCAR 10 451.5750 * * *
* RACE CONTROL 461.2000 * * *
* RACE CONTROL B/U 464.6000 463.6250 * *
* SAFTY/FIRE 451.2250 * * *
* NASCAR Weather 467.8500 * * *
* MRN Radio 454.0000 * * *
* PRN Radio 454.0000 * * *
* TBA 450.6250 * * *
* TBA 450.1750 450.1250 450.1375 450.1000
* TBA 450.2750 450.6875 * *
* TBA 462.0250 462.0500 450.7625 455.5875
* TBA 450.5875 * * *
* FOX 450.2375 450.3000 450.0375 *
* SPEED 450.1125 * * *
* ROWDY Pre-Race Show 454.5000 * * *
* ROWDY Classic Interviews 454.7000 * * *
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